Tony Bennett, an American music legend, will perform at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk on March 16, promoters announced this week. Remarkably, the 87-year-old vocalist is still touring steadily and still releasing records. A new compilation, "The Classics," is out Jan. 28.
"Bennett is our last nostalgic link to the era of Frank and Ella and Bing, when men and women took their natural talent, refined it through years of vocal training, hard living and humiliating gigs and polished it into a perfect instrument that could be applied to some of the most elegant pieces of musical poetry ever composed," wrote Graham Milne in a piece for the Huffington Post. "Bennett achieves the impossible feat of bringing so much of himself to the performance yet somehow staying out-of-the-way of the music, letting it and not his impeccably tailored self take center stage."
Tickets to the Chrysler Hall show are on sale today through Ticketmaster. Prices are $79 to $115.55.
Here's the news release about the show.
with very special guest Antonia Bennett
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday, January 22 at 10 A.M.
NORFOLK, VA -- SevenVenues welcomes TONY BENNETT with very special guest Antonia Bennett to Chrysler Hall on Sunday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna, raised Tony and his older brother and sister, John and Mary, in a home surrounded by loving relatives who were Tony’s first fans, filling him with encouragement and optimism. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he continued nurturing his two passions, singing and painting. From the radio he developed a love of music hearing Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and James Durante.
As a teenager Tony sang while waiting on tables and then enlisted in the Army during World War II and while in Europe he performed with military bands. He later had vocal studies at the American Theatre Wing School. The first time Bennett sang in a nightclub was in 1946 when he sat in with trombonist Tyree Glenn at the Shangri-La in Astoria. Bennett’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in New York City.
With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received seventeen Grammy Awards — including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his “MTV Unplugged” CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation — and the Grammy Lifetime Award. The Classics, a newly compiled collection of 20 Tony Bennett recordings from 1951 to 2011, each personally selected by the artist, is available for pre-order now and hits stores January 28. The expanded deluxe edition features 10 additional tracks - 35 in total.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 22 at 10 a.m. at the Scope Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice. For more information logo onto www.sevenvenues.com.